Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is a Mario Kart game released for virtual reality arcade machines, released in Japan on July 14, 2017. It was later released in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2018, and the United States on October 1, 2018. It is the fourth entry in the Mario Kart Arcade GP series, and the sixth Mario Kart arcade game.


Unlike the prior Mario Kart games, Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is played through use of a virtual reality headset and in first person. Similar to the prior arcade Mario Kart games, the game is controlled via a steering wheel and acceleration and brake pedals. In addition, items are thrown by making hand movements, which the game registers by an attachment to the player's wrist. For example, to throw a Green Shell, one must make a throwing motion with their open palm. Also, instead of using Item Boxes, the game uses red, yellow, and green balloons to store items. Gliders are also present, and are used similarly to Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.[4][5]

There is only one, single-lap course available, but it has different themes, which pulls elements from courses within Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. Its first and second section is a remake of Kingdom Way, only with Big Piranha Plants and Thwomps; the third section is set on a mashup of Aerial Road and Sky Arena, only with many more Bullet Bills and Bob-ombs; the fourth section is based on Bowser's Castle; and the fifth section is based on Peach Castle. Before the race, Bowser and Wario push ahead of the players.[6]


Four characters are playable in the game, while two other characters are CPU-only. Unlike previous Mario Kart Arcade GP games, this game does not feature characters from Bandai Namco Entertainment; this is also the first Mario Kart game since Super Mario Kart Dokidoki Race to not feature Wario and Donkey Kong as playable characters (with the latter being completely absent).[7]


Each arcade cabinet has a different single playable character.

CPU opponents

  • Bowser
  • Wario[8]


Obstacles Description
Big Piranha Plants Lunges towards the racers attempting to bite them.
Bob-ombs Walks around and explodes if touched.
Bullet Bills Flies in a set direction.
Lava Bubbles Jumps up from lava throughout the track.
Thwomps Rises and falls on a regular basis.



  • Standard Kart (driven by the players)
  • Bull Track (driven by Wario)
  • Road Galleon (driven by Bowser)


  • Super Glider


Items Uses
Banana Can be placed behind the user, and other racers will spin out if they touch it.
Green Shell Can be thrown by making a throwing motion with an arm, launching them forwards. Other racers will spin out if they touch a Green Shell.
Hammer Can be swung in front of the racer by making a downwards motion with an arm, and disappear after being held for an amount of time. Other racers will spin out if they touch another racer's Hammer.